At 38 years of age, Roger Federer is still going strong in the world of tennis. The current world number 3 has 20 Grand Slam titles to his name. In the Australian Open semifinal, he lost 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 against the Serbian. The latter progressed to the finals defeating Dominic Them 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 4-6 to secure not only his eighth Australian Open title but also 17th Grand slam in total. Furthermore, Djokovic climbed up the ATP rankings to become the new world number one.
Federer in the 2020 Australian Open
Failing to win the first Grand Slam tournament of the 2020 season came as a blow to Roger Federer. The Swiss has a total of 103 singles titles, just six titles shy of Jimmy Connors’ all-time record of 109 singles titles won. If Federer wants to break the current record, then he really has to step up in the upcoming ATP singles. However, it won’t be easy considering the competition being offered by the next-gen tennis players and both Nadal and Djokovic.
Roger Federer hopes to win more Grand Slams
Despite age quickly catching up with him, Federer believes that he still can win, not one but two or three more Grand Slams before he retires. He is banking on winning Halle and Basel to extend his tally of major titles won. The Swiss has ten Halle titles to his name and has won the Basel singles tennis tournament ten times. With such an impressive record in those two tournaments, he indeed has a chance to increase his number of singles titles won.
The journey towards a Grand Slam title for Federer doesn’t seem easy. The likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are close enough to match his current record of 20-Grand Slam wins. Currently, Nadal has 19, while Djokovic has 17. Besides, there is a threat from the next generation of players. Youngsters such as Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Them, among many more, are becoming worthy competitors as the days go by. It is just a matter of time before a new grand slam winner outside the famous three emerges. So with all this kind of competition around Federer, he really has to put in some great work to win even one grand slam very soon.
Roger Federer’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.3, the Swiss played his last match on the 30th of January when he lost to Novak Djokovic 7-61 6-4 6-3 in the semifinal in Australian Open.
Roger Federer’s most significant performance of the present season was reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
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